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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. A Sultry Summer Afternoon
By William Green
FAR off the rook, tired by the midday beam,
  Caws lazily this summer afternoon;
  The butterflies, with wandering up and down
  O’er flower-bright marsh and meadow, wearied seem;
With vacant gaze, lost in a waking dream,        5
  We, listless, on the busy insects pore,
  In rapid dance uncertain, darting o’er
  The smooth-spread surface of the tepid stream.
The air is slothful, and will scarce convey
  Soft sounds of idle waters to the ear:        10
  In brightly-dim obscurity appear
The distant hills which skirt the landscape gay;
  While restless fancy owns th’ unnerving sway
  In visions often changed, but nothing clear.

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